Below is former Superintendent of Schools Stephen Falcone's resignation letter sent to Board of Education Chairman Betsy Hagerty-Ross on Oct. 22.

Dear Betsy:

Today I am offering my resignation as Superintendent of the Darien Public Schools. I do this with sadness, but for an important reason: We need to set a new direction for the District. Despite my best efforts and my commitment to the best interests of the Darien Public Schools, this goal has not been fully realized. Accordingly, I wish to step aside to give my successor the opportunity to heal and move the district forward.

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I have done my best to lead the district during my tenure. As we discussed last evening, I offer this resignation to be effective immediately upon its acceptance with the understanding that my salary will continue until January 1, 2014, and that the board will pay be for my accrued and unused vacations days.

It has been my privilege to serve the Darien Public Schools in various capacities over these years, but it is time for me to move on. I am confident that the Board and a new school leader will be able to resolve the ongoing issues with special education programs and strengthen public confidence in the excellent work done by our teachers and administrators in both regular and special education programs.

Sincerely,

Stephen V. Falcone